Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Manasseh Maelanga has called on politicians that were very disturbing to the peace-building efforts of the national government to keep their mouths shut and let the government to carry on with its work.
Speaking to the Solomon Star following heated mudslinging in the media on issues of the past ethnic tension, Mr Maelanga said it is very disappointing to see the former Prime Minister (PM) Dr Derek Sikua choosing to criticize the government for issues that he failed to address during his term as PM.
He said the recent National Healing and Apology program was held to reconcile the militants, as they have requested for Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Ministry of National Unity Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP) to facilitate the event.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for East Malaita said politicians need to reconcile with the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government and work together to achieve true lasting peace for the country.
He said they are astounded by the approach the leader of the Independent group has taken in accusing the Prime Minister.
“The last we expect from leaders now is to continue to bring back memories of the past. They should stand together with the government and advocate for peace for this nation.
“Peace and reconciliations should not be an issue for stirring up arguments because this is a sensitive matter that still haunts people, which needs every leaders and politicians to work together get over.”
“That term belongs to DCC, so this country must respect and remain patient with how this government implements its policies, including the issues related to the past ethnic tension.”
He said picking on the past and other petty issues to disturb the peace-building efforts of this country and the government does not speak well of elected leaders, who continue use the painful history of Solomon Islands to advance their selfish political interests.
Mr Maelanga concluded that DCC will deal with all the demands related to the past ethnic conflict step by step and bit by bit because DCCG is committed to the peace-building efforts of this nation.
By AATAI JOHN